CNN  — 

Cristiano Ronaldo says the editor of France Football, Pascal Ferré, “lied” after claiming the Portuguese forward told him of his ambition to retire with more Ballon d’Or awards than Lionel Messi.

Ferré, who organizes the awards, spoke to the New York Times ahead of this year’s ceremony and reportedly revealed information from a private conversation with Ronaldo.

“Ronaldo has only one ambition and that is to retire with more Ballon d’Or [awards] than Messi. I know because he has told me,” Ferré reportedly told the Times.